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Diktat hits top gear for Godolphin; Haydock Spotlight.

DIKTAT overcame an inadequate trip to seize the Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup at Haydock Park yesterday and provide the powerful Godolphin enterprise with its 12th Group One success of the year.

The colt's class shone through over six furlongs as he struck the front near the line to take the pounds 76,800 first prize.

Worries over the trip looked fully justified as Diktat, the 13-8 favourite, struggled to go the early pace.

Dettori had to keep Diktat's mind on the job to ensure that he did not get too far behind.

Eventually knuckling down to his task, Diktat scythed his way through the field to lead close home and deny Bertolini by a neck. Arkadian Hero was a further one and three-quarter lengths back in third.

"It was really a question of not losing too much ground early on so I could have a shot at the finish," said winning jockey Frankie Dettori. "But I must admit I was worried at the furlong marker when I was still three lengths behind Bertolini."

Diktat's triumph was another emphatic advertisement for the professionalism of Godolphin.

"It's the dream to win 15 Group One races this year and we're getting there now," said trainer Saeed bin Suroor.

"Coming here we were worried that the ground would be unsuitable for Diktat but when we checked the track we knew it was good ground."

Whether Diktat will stay in training next season is undecided but he will be back in action next month with the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp pencilled in for his next outing.

Arkadian Hero's owner Michael Tabor insisted the colt lost his chance by the decision to water the track earlier in the week.

"It was simply not the ground we expected and the horse does not want that ground," he fumed.

"We expected good to firm ground and it was not. If anyone says differently they are wrong."

Luca Cumani, the trainer of Arkadian Hero, and Richard Hannon (Bold Edge) were among those who filed official complaints over the state of the ground.

Cumani was annoyed that the trainers with horses unsuited by fast ground appeared to have been helped out.

"What is disappointing is that when it's raining and the ground is soft I have to pull my horse out," he said.

"So when it doesn't rain and the ground is firm, those that don't like it shouldn't run." Richard Thomas, the racecourse managing director, said: "If we hadn't done the watering we did on Wednesday and Thursday we would not have been able to race today because the ground would have been firm and they would have pulled their horses out because it was too firm."

Diktat's victory was the middle leg of a near 31-1 treble for Dettori who was also on the mark with Algunnaas and Mantles Pride. Algunnaas completed a hat-trick as he strode past Glenmead to win by a convincing three lengths.

The colt is a reformed character having been a `wobbler' - he had problems with his hind end conformation - in his early days.

"At one stage he wasn't able to trot and there's not much you can do about it but be patient," said trainer John Gosden.

Henry Cecil backers enjoyed a bonus as his horse Performing Magic obliged at the generous odds of 8-1 in the Stanley Leisure Conditions Stakes.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Sep 5, 1999
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